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Global food systems, local impact: the role of agribusiness and development partnerships in advancing African agriculture

Brussels Policy Briefing no.39 - 25th November 2014, Brussels

November 8, 2014

“Global food systems, local impact: the role of agribusiness and development partnerships in advancing African agriculture”. This was the title of our latest Brussels Briefing, which was held at the ACP Secretariat, on 25 November 2014.

The transformation of the African agri-business sector is a key challenge to achieve food security and economic development. A differentiated approach to partnerships, based on the development of competitive local private sectors, is essential to boosting agricultural development in Africa.

In this context, the objective of the latest Brussels Briefing was to discuss strategies and approaches for harnessing the potential of development partnerships with the private sector to catalyse market development and productivity in African countries.

The meeting helped in furthering the understanding of the needs and constraints of the local agricultural sector and strengthen linkages between private sector and development cooperation. At the European level, the meeting contributed to the development of a framework for dialogue and effective joint action with the private sector. 

Speakers included the European Commisison (DG Agri and DG Devco), Yara, the Farmers organizations (SACAU, EAFF), some EU agribusiness groups operating in Africa, European Investment Bank, BMZ, AUC.

Presentations from the various speakers as well as the detailed programme and concept note of the meeting are available on the Brussels Briefing website.

The Brussels Briefing are organised by CTA, the ACP Secretariat, the European Commission (DG DEVCO/DGAGRI), Concord, AUC/CAADP, BMZ/GIZ.

Watch the Briefing's video